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Couple sought over MI6 worker Gareth Williams death may be “untraceable”

A couple sought in connection with the death of an MI6 officer may never be traced, police have conceded.

Gareth Williams was on secondment to MI6 from his role as a communications officer at GCHQ

Gareth Williams from Holyhead had been on secondment to MI6 from GCHQ.

Paul Knapman adjourned an inquiry into the 31-year-old’s death as Scotland Yard detectives wait for the results of a fresh round of forensic tests.

Mr. Williams’ body was discovered naked in a padlocked holdall in his Pimlico flat last August.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire admitted the likelihood of tracing a Mediterranean couple seen at Mr Williams’s home weeks before his death is diminishing.

Counter-terrorism officers have interviewed “in the region of 40” of the expert codebreaker’s colleagues at MI6 and GCHQ, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard.

Police released e-fit images of the couple in December

A number of those interviewed could be called to give evidence anonymously at Mr. Williams inquest.

She said it is “very unusual” for two teams of officers to be working on a suspicious death inquiry, but said the victim’s secretive occupation was the reason.

Speaking about forensic tests, she added: “We have done a phased submission of tests to the laboratory. We are still waiting for some outstanding tests that went out before Christmas.”

After a 10-minute hearing, Dr Knapman adjourned the inquest until Thursday March 31, but said it is not known whether it will go ahead then.

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